MIAMI, Fla. – The second named storm of the 2017 Hurricane Season, Tropical Storm Bret, powered up in the Atlantic Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Bret is currently just north of South America, below the Dominican Republican. The storm is moving at 30 mph with sustained winds of 40 mph.
As of the 5 p.m. advisory, the tropical storm was located about 125 miles southeast of Trinidad and had an 80 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone over the next 48 hours.
“Tropical Storm Bret is named,” News 6 chief meteorologist Tom Sorrells said. “The storm is not coming to Florida, but still should be watched.”
A tropical storm warning is in effect for Trinidad, Tobago, Grenada and Venezuela, from Pedernales to Cumana, including Isla de Margarita.
A tropical storm watch is in effect for Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba.
A second system, Potential No. 3, in the Gulf of Mexico caused a tropical storm watch for parts of Louisiana and Texas.